‘Sepa­ra­tion’ gets cool re­cep­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

It ini­tially looked as if the Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties were re­act­ing pos­i­tively to the suc­cess of As­ghar Farhadi’s A Sepa­ra­tion at the Academy Awards. A re­cep­tion for Farhadi, whose film won the best for­eign lan­guage Os­car, had been ar­ranged by the Cen­tre for Di­rec­tors of Ira­nian Cinema and the High Coun­cil of Pro­duc­ers of Ira­nian Cinema. The gov­ern­ment was re­port­edly happy that an Ira­nian film had beaten an Is­raeli one (Joseph Cedar’s su­perb Foot­notes) in this high­pro­file com­pe­ti­tion. Now we learn that a per­mit has been de­nied for the re­cep­tion.

Con­ser­va­tive voices in Iran have ob­jected to the de­pic­tions of mar­i­tal dishar­mony in A Sepa­ra­tion.

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